Here is a picture of the HCMC People’s Committee with its reflection off the polished floor tiles of Vincom Shopping Centre across Ton Duc Thang Street in Saigon, Vietnam.
Taken in 2008 during Dans Festival, at the Esplanade, Singapore.
When I first bought my camera, I would go to these free performances to practice shooting.
I’m embarking on a project: I’m going through all the pictures that I’d taken since I bought my first DSLR and re-process them with the latest engine in Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4.
This is one of the good things of digital photography, that old pictures can still take advantage of advances in software technology and improvement in skill. (Not true. Thanks to Alessandro for pointing out) With the help of the new software and new skills that I’ve picked up, I am now able to create panoramas and composites that I wasn’t able or didn’t know how to do before.
I’m doing this for 3 reasons:
- to help recover some hard disk space by deleting pictures that are out of focused, blur or generally not worth keeping or learning from,
- to shortlist pictures that I deem can contribute to my best work, some of which I will showcase on this blog (which I’ll be calling “Blasts from the Past”), and lastly,
- to take stock of how I have progress and (hopefully) improved in photography.
I’ve finished 2007 and 2008 so far and along the way, I have relieved many precious memories of places I’ve been, moments I’ve encountered and people I’ve met.
This picture here is one of blasts of the past, a lion dance performance taken back in 2008 on Fort Canning in Singapore taken at an event. It’s rather apt, since today is the final day of the Lunar New Year.
I like the expression in this picture. The model was posing for my friends who arranged for a shoot in HCMC when this toddler ran by. I managed to snatch this shot from the side.